BY TOM BUSSELBERG
FARMINGTON – Property tax evaluation notices should be arriving in homeowners’ mailboxes across the county about July 26 and 27.
Those notices will contain property tax bills for most Davis County homeowners that are up about 3 percent from last year, County Assessor Dennis Yarrington said Wednesday.
About 5 percent of the 100,000 properties won’t see any change at all. That’s because appraisers had recently evaluated those properties, he said. Meanwhile, homeowners in Hooper and West Point can expect about a 10 percent increase and 7 percent in Sunset, he said.
“The West Point/Hooper area is going up substantially more because they dropped more during the (real estate) crash,” Yarrington said. “They had more depressed sales which depressed values.”
Owners of vacant land in Bountiful, Kaysville and Layton also will be seeing an increase in their tax bills, he said.
“We made an adjustment, but will be doing a reappraisal of all vacant land for this coming year,” Yarrington said.
“Commercial hasn’t been doing well enough to justify any change at all,” he said. That means property values haven’t been rising as they typically continue to be for residential properties.
Notices are being sent out regarding slightly more than 100,000 property parcels, said County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings. His office is responsible for mailing out the notices and works very closely with Yarrington’s office, which carries out property tax assessments.
A separate tax administration office was created several years ago to handle property tax appeals.
Yarrington said he expects there will be more taxpayers appealing their bills this year.
Dale Peterson, director of the Tax Administration Department, said there were less than 1,600 appeals last year.
“I think it’s more the amount than the property valuation that people look at,” he said.
• Due to recent property evaluations, about 5 percent of residents won’t see any jump at all.
• Rates in the West Point/Hooper area will increase about 10 percent. Sunset homeowners will see about a 7 percent jump.
• Taxes on vacant lots may also rise.